Review: Leyland Craftwork Riding Crop

Leyland Craftwork vegan riding cropI discovered Leyland Craftwork‘s Etsy store in my search from vegan BDSM gear, and what really pulled me in was all the color options. The sex toy market is saturated with pinks and purples while the BDSM market is saturated with black and occasionally red. Seeing riding crops and canes in pink, blue, red, purple, white, silver, and (after my own heart) glitter is like finding a baby unicorn. Add to that the fact that these impact toys are vegan, and it’s as if the baby unicorn flew in your window. Leyland isn’t exclusively vegan, but most of their designs are made with all synthetic materials, which are explicitly stated on the product pages.

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Review: Kink Nerd Toys Rainbow Glitter Rug Beater

Tell Me How You Really Feel
I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t originally attracted to this Rainbow Glitter Rug Beater because of its pretty-factor. The handle is glittery! That’s my M.O. But for all the admiring I do of this toy’s sparkle, I give it the same attention for its stingy slap and the beautiful marks it leaves. It also rates high on the sex toy as cat toy approval scale [shown above being inspected by a discerning cat].

The Basics
Material: Vinyl coated cable and vinyl lacing
Total length: 12.75″
Body length: 6″
Width: 4.5″
Handle diameter: 1″

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Review: KinkyVegan Wrist Cuffs

Tell Me How You Really Feel
These cuffs from KinkyVegan have achieved the elusive vegan product trifecta: well made, good looking, and not infuriatingly priced. On top of that, they’re made from this mastermind material that looks like leather but is really a robot that performs better than leather… minus the robot part.

The Basics
Material: Lorica
Length: 11″
Width: 1.75″
Fit: 5-8″ and these fit up to 10.6″
Included: 2 cuffs, 1 double snap hook
Price: $33

The Good, The Bad, and a Pair In Pink Please
I’m used to being disappointed by a lot of “faux leather” products: they either look/feel like the overtly pleather jacket I rocked in elementary school, turn into one giant scuff mark, fall apart over the course of a few months, or all of the above. Thankfully, the variety and quality of vegan leather options is getting better, but in a community that has so much leather-based history and industry, it’s difficult to find attractive, quality, Kink gear made from imitation leather [Google search of the day: faux-leather daddy]. There are a lot of fabric, rope, and rubber restraint options, but few things for people who want the properties of leather, without the actual leather.

That’s why I give kudos to Martin, the owner of KinkyVegan, for making products (cuffs, collars, harnesses, impact toys, etc.) out of a microfiber material called Lorica. When I looked into it, I found myself in a lot of car and bike racing forums because Lorica is predominantly used to make protective athletic gear and automotive/boat interiors. It was manufactured to look like leather (down to the creasy skin texture and suede-like backing) but be lighter, more flexible, waterproof, breathable, and resistant to tearing and abrasion. Basically, Lorica is a badass textile that has the potential for some fantastic Kink gear. Exhibit A: these cuffs.

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